Regulation ReferenceProgram TermCertification ProcessEligibility RequirementsBenefits      
8(a)

13 CFR 124 Subpart A
9 yearsFormal electronic application and supporting documents-Must be a small business
-Must be unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are of good character and citizens of the U.S.
-Must demonstrate potential for success
-Initially, the individual's net worth, after excluding the individual's equity in the firm and the equity in the primary residence, may not exceed $250,000. SBA will also consider the individual's average two-year income, fair market value of all assets, access to credit and capital, and the financial condition of the applicant firm in evaluating economic disadvantage. Once accepted into the program, the net worth criteria is $750,000.
-Sole-source contracting opportunities
-Set-aside 8(a) procurement opportunities
-Mentor Protégé / Joint Ventures
-Subcontracting opportunities
-Automatically qualify as SDB with all of its benefits
HUBZone

13 CFR 126
Unlimited - As long as meets eligibility requirementsFormal electronic application via BD-MIS-Must be a small business
-Principal office must be located in HUBZone
-Must be owned and controlled by one or more U.S. citizens
-35% of employees must reside in HUBZone
-Special bidding opportunities (competitive, sole-source)
-10% price evaluation preference on full and open contracts
-Subcontracting opportunities on federal contracts
-Mentor Protégé / Joint Ventures 
Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)

13 CFR 127
Unlimited - As long as meets eligibility requirementsSelf certify in SAM.gov and upload documents via certify.sba.gov-At least 51% directly owned and controlled by one or more women that are US citizens
-Must qualify as a small business for primary industry NAICS
-Woman must highest officer position and manage firm on full-time basis and make long-term decisions
-EDWOSB eligibility: personal net worth <$750,000, adjusted gross income over last 3 years <$350,000 and fair market value of all assets <$6 million.
-Sole-source contracting opportunities
-Set-aside contracts with NO THRESHOLD
-Subcontracting opportunities
-Mentor Protégé / Joint Ventures
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB)

13 CFR 125 Subparts A-E
Unlimited - As long as meets eligibility requirementsSelf certify in SAM.gov-SDV must have service-connected disability as determined by VA or DoD
-Must be a small business for NAICS
-SDV must unconditionally own 51% of the SDVOSB
-Ownership must be direct
-SDV must control management and daily operations
-SDV must hold highest officer position
-Sole-source contracting opportunities
-Set-aside contracts
-Subcontracting opportunities
-Mentor Protégé / Joint Ventures
Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB)


13 CFR 124 Subpart B
Unlimited - As long as meets eligibility requirementsSelf certify in SAM.gov-Must be a small business for primary NAICS
-At least 51% owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals (includes ANCs, tribes) who are U.S. citizens
-For individually owned SDBs, disadvantaged individual must have net worth <$750,000
-Count towards agency small business subcontracting goals
-Mentor Protégé / Joint Ventures
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